I don’t believe it, 200 reviews! Thanks to everyone that’s read them over the years, even if it’s just been one. Thanks to my nerdy family that loves anime as much as I do. It’s been a blast to present panels with some of my closest friends. Thanks to all the SLC Anime members that I’m able to chat anime with. I have watched several shows through group recommendations that I would not have looked into otherwise.
Something I’ve learned from watching all this anime is that there is an anime for everyone no one will love all anime. Not everyone is going to like the same stuff. Anime is a medium, not just a genre. You would never say that someone will love all television shows, so why would they love all anime? My recommendation if you’re searching for an anime to enjoy is to start with a genre you like and go from there.
Eden of the East / Higashi no Eden
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Psychological, Streakers
First Aired: Spring 2009, 11 episodes
Summary: Japan is hit by ten missiles on November 22, 2010 with no casualties. The terrorist act is referred to as “Careless Monday”, but due to the lack of casualties, the event is quickly forgotten by the general population. Three months later Saki Morimi is on a graduation trip in America. By accident she meets the naked Akira Takizawa in front of the White House. He suffers from amnesia with his only possession being a high-tech cell phone unlike anything they have ever seen. The cell phone makes unusual contacts and is loaded with 8 million yen! Morimi’s kind and inquisitive disposition causes her to help Takizawa in his time of need. The situation escalates quickly as the two attempt to discover more about Takizawa’s mysterious background.
I have watched this series several times over and noticed something new every time. The mystery is well done, providing appropriate pacing throughout the 11 episodes. It leaves you wanting more at the end of each episode while not giving away too much and not leaving you bored and disinterested. There are other series out there where I’ll watch a few episodes, think back and realize nothing has been explained. Eden starts with a shot of intrigue and continues to deliver. The characters are a positive, with several to care about and follow as they develop. One of my favorites is Yutaka Itazu, commonly referred to as Pantsu. Despite his short amount of screen time, he left an impression on me. The backstories and decisions of the Seleção are also interesting. The story is well-written, the opening and closing credits are a bonus, and the quality of the overall production is there.
You might enjoy this if: You are like me and love mystery and intrigue. The first time watching, I finished the series in two days because I had to know what was going to happen next!
You might not like it if: You cannot stand the sight of thousands of streakers. They’re all censored in a hilarious fashion and nothing crude is shown, but in the end, it is still a lot of naked guys running through the city at one point in the show.
Note to the Viewer: In Japan, the opening song for Eden of the East is “Falling Down” by Oasis. That’s right, the same Oasis you’re thinking of. Wonderwall…Champagne Supernova… Due to licensing issues in America, the opening was changed to “Michael ka Belial” by Saori Hayami. It’s funny how the Japanese opening has an English song while the English opening has a Japanese song.
Original Japanese Opening – Falling Down by Oasis
English Opening – Michael ka Belial by Saori Hayami
AMV – Runaway Boy by Cenit
(Warning, the AMV contains spoilers. I figure if you haven’t seen the show, you don’t know what’s getting spoiled anyways, right?)